Initial emergency appeal: Pakistan (Sindh) flooding

Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan are causing widespread damage, particularly in the southern province of Sindh. The death toll from the floods is approaching 200 and some 5 million residents of Sindh are affected. As part of a coordinated response by members of the ACT Alliance, CWS is providing food and non-food items, shelter kits, hygiene kits and health services.

A man carries his daughters as he searches for higher ground after flood waters engulfed his house in the town of Khoski, in Badin district of Pakistan's Sindh province.
Photo: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro, courtesy www.alertnet.org

Situation:

As noted in the situation report of Sept. 13, heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan are causing widespread damage, particularly in the southern province of Sindh.  The death toll from the floods is approaching 200 and some 5 million residents of Sindh are affected, with more than half of them living in the districts of Khairpur and Badin.

In Sindh, some 700,000 homes have been damaged and more than 1.7 million acres of crops are affected.

As of last week, approximately 131,410 people are residing in 1,484 temporary camps.  The majority of these people lack access to shelter, food, medicines and clean drinking water.  This has worsened what were already serious and grave conditions of poverty.

With the loss of farm fields and livestock, families have lost their sources of income to buy food.  Inadequate access to health facilities is increasing concern for waterborne diseases and nutrition deficiencies.  The current situation also worsens food and drinking water shortages already prevalent in rural Sindh.

Response:

As part of a coordinated response by members of the ACT Alliance, Church World Service is responding to the floods in Pakistan.  This initial appeal covers the early CWS response, which includes providing food and non-food items (including food packages, kitchen sets, mosquito nets and sleeping mats), shelter kits, hygiene kits and health services.

The CWS response focuses on providing emergency food items for 2,000 affected families in the districts of Thatta and Badin, and providing non-food items and temporary shelter to 4,000 affected families in the districts Badin, Thatta, Umarkot and Mirpur Khas.  This includes shelter kits and hygiene kits.  In addition, CWS is providing medicines and health services (through mobile health clinics) to 12,000 affected families in the districts of Badin and Mirpur Khas.

The food items being distributed are 1 month rations/food packages that include wheat flour (80 kg); rice (30 kg); cooking oil (4.5 liters); pulses (14 kg); tea leaves (400 grams); salt (800 grams); and baby food (375 grams).

The non-food items being distributed include matchboxes, jerry cans, plastic buckets, mosquito nets and sleeping mats.

BUDGET: $1,723,229, which includes $1,657,803 for total direct assistance, including $1,591,176 for food and non-food items and $66,626 for the provision of health services.

(For additional details of the response, see here.)

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, Appeal #699-Z, Pakistan (Sindh) Flooding, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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